October 8, 2009| by shawn
Recently, I traveled to Puerto Rico by invitation of their Dept. of Agriculture. I spent a week exploring their Puerto Rico coffee industry. I met farmers, processors, roasters, cafes and government personnel well versed in coffee. They asked me to help them begin a specialty coffee segment of their industry.
September 16, 2009| by Gazy
A Briton by the name of James Tyrrell Moore (London 1803 - Bogotá 1881) landed in Colombia in 1829 and, after several ventures as an engineer mining gold, building furnaces and promoting a diversity of projects, he settled in Cundinamarca, where he bought land and began planting coffees; in 1868 he patented a coffee drying machine and set the foundations of a well-organized coffee plantation.
September 15, 2009| by eyal
A ferociously-kept secret guarded by the Ricci family for more than 70 years of business, a single recipe is the lynchpin of one of Italy’s finest caffès. Tucked between the Pantheon and Piazza Navona and situated just across from the Senate is Rome’s Sant’Eustachio Il Caffè, a veritable Mecca of Italian caffès. One of the city’s busiest, 4,000 – 6,000 customers are served the famous gran caffè special each and every day.
September 1, 2009| by wlush
Why is lemon peel served next to espresso in restaurants and cafes?
August 31, 2009| by gabriela
... That is Quauhtlemallan, a "nahuatl" word the Toltecas used to use to name Guatemala. It is not just a nice name. One visit is enough for you to see the luxurious vegetation that covers the highest picks of Central America and 33 majestic volcanoes. In such a mystic small place, almost the same size as the state of Tennessee, not only the Mayans built one of the most outstanding civilizations of the Americas, but also Jesuit priests thought this would be nice microclimate for ornamental coffee plants.
August 14, 2009| by scott
You've heard of low-caffeine coffee and low-acid coffee...now what about "diet coffee" that is low glycemic, or as they call it, "skinny coffee?"
Check out the video below. It's from a new company named Boresha that says low-glycemic coffee will help you lose weight. They claim it's "patented, low-glycemic thermogenic."
I think it's an innovative idea, but I'm suspicious. Coffee is a naturally low-glycemic food. It's low-carb to begin with. It's the roasted pit or nut of a fruit. Bite into a coffee bean...it isn't sweet. That's because it doesn't contain much carbohydrate at all. That's why we have to add sugar to a lot of coffees...
July 29, 2009| by scott
We're glad to now carry coffee from Roast Magazine's Roaster of the Year for 2009, PT's Coffee Roasting Company!
You have to try them.
PT's has won more awards than Michael Phelps, and across the board too in many categories and regions. 30 of its coffees have rated 90 or higher ("Outstanding") at CoffeeReview.com which is quite an accomplishment. Many are Cup of Excellence winners too.
July 28, 2009| by scott
After the country of origin and roast, what is the next most important characteristic of gourmet coffee?
Whether the coffee beans off the tree were dry processed or wet processed.
It impacts taste in a big way, and can make the difference between you liking a coffee or not.
Both are techniques used in preparing and drying the beans just after they're picked.
So what are they exactly?
July 16, 2009| by scott
We're carrying a lot of blends including Breakfast Blends which begs the question "What are Breakfast Blends anyway?"
If like me, you assume it's a higher caffeine coffee to help you wake up in the morning, then you're, well, wrong.
Breakfast Blends contain the same caffeine levels as other coffees.
June 29, 2009| by scott
Nothing makes the noses turn up of artisanal coffee roasters than the names of the large national private label coffee roasters. It's companies like Royal Cup, Paramount Coffee, Dillano's, and Magnum Coffee, among others.
They're usually invisible to you and me because they're private label, behind the scenes. They'll be at Dunkin Donuts, McDonalds, your corner cafe, and your local high-end restaurant. But they're not out making a name for themselves with the coffee drinker, like you and me.